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Your News Kenilworth 25 - Luctonians 12

Their best performance of the season, and an exceptional first half, enabled Kenilworth to comfortably see off the challenge of league-leaders Luctonians, in bitterly cold conditions at Glasshouse Lane. A tremendous all-round effort by the pack, who subdued their heavier opponents for most of the game, accompanied by astute kicking and slick handling by the backs, provided the platform for success (writes Bob Jones).

The home side came out of the blocks at full pelt, and after conceding two very early penalties, their forwards set out their stall with clever play. This led to a stunning move initiated by the excellent Paul Thompson, and carried on by Jamie Peacock, which concluded with a scintillating run by, and an unconverted try for, Andy Whitehall after seven minutes. Lucs managed only sporadic attacks, but it took a great clearance kick by Elliot Brown to avert danger, before outside-centre Mells broke clear, but knocked on. Luke Watts, Thompson and Peacock then combined superbly, but the move was spoilt by accidental offside in the visitors' 22. It mattered not, because Dave Clements immediately gathered the ball and waltzed through the defence before offloading to Brown, whose pace and strength saw him home for another unconverted try on 17 minutes. Peacock and his half-back partner Russell Clarke, were controlling the game, the territorial kicking of the latter being especially effective. The constant pressure was too much for Lucs, and their talismanic No 8, Paul Hulland,who was shown the yellow card on 34 minutes after persistent infringements. His absence was rued, when three minutes later, James Wadey stormed over from close range, Clarke converting the try, to make the score 17-0 at the interval.

Kenilworth maintained their impetus at the start of the second half. First Brown, then Peacock, made great breaks, before the scrum-half was integral in sending Whitehall on his way towards the line. An ensuing forward drive ended with Francis Nock seizing the ball and crashing over for an unconverted try after six minutes, to further stretch the sizeable lead. Staring a heavy defeat in the face, Lucs' pedigree began to come to the fore. They raised their game. Their pack began to dominate in the tight and their backs to spin the ball at every opportunity. Nonetheless, as it had earlier, the Ks' defence held firm, with Jez Noon in particular making some crunching tackles. This was, however, until 17 minutes, when sustained pressure near the home line enabled Mells to cross for an unconverted try. Over-enthusiasm by the men from deepest Herefordshire resulted in two long-range penalty awards, both narrowly missed by Brown. For the final 10 minutes, Andy Lawrence was replaced by Chris Collett, as Luctonians continued to batter away without success. Yet more good work by the Ks, including one move with Wadey in the van, which was ended by a high tackle on Whitehall, reaped further reward, when Clarke despatched a penalty goal for going over the top. John Raby made a last-minute appearance for Whitehall, before Lucs grabbed a consolation try in added time, the lively Garrod crossing and converting in front of the posts, to make the final score 25-12.

Kenilworth : E. Brown, Whitehall, Noon, Hyslop, Clements, Clarke, Peacock, N. Collett, Davies (Capt.), Lawrence, Watts, Wadey, McGuire, Nock, Thompson. Replacements: C. Collett, Phillips, Raby.

Next Saturday (6th December), Kenilworth make the long trek to Peterborough, for what is sure to be a tough encounter at Fortress Fengate. Kick off is at 2.15pm.


Ks second defeat in the second XV league to leave them lying in second place, six points behind Broadstreet.

Tries by Ross Lowthian, Jamie McCance and Richard Smith. One conversion by Andy Fox.

Threes no game


This game for the colts was against an Irish touring side. Ks only try scorer was Max David.

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